Thursday, November 30, 2017

USS New Orleans

During the 1940's, the U.S. Navy had a cruiser named the U.S.S. New Orleans.  It had a remarkable history, having been awarded 17 battle stars, one of the most cited of the Navy's ships.

She was at the Battle of Midway and the Battle of the Coral Sea.

During the Guadalcanal campaign at the Battle of Tassafaronga (November 30, 1942), she got severe damage due to a Japanese torpedo exploding in a forward magazine. As a result, about 150 feet of her bow was severed, including the first main turret. Somehow, the crew was able to keep her afloat, and brought her to Tulagi for temporary repairs. After being fitted with a truncated, replacement bow, she sailed in reverse back to Pearl Harbor.




The U.S.S. New Orleans was repaired, and continued to serve as part of the fleet in the Pacific. During the War, members of the crew were awarded 206 Purple Hearts, 5 Navy Crosses, and 10 Silver Stars.

6 comments:

Chuck Bear said...

Interesting.

allenwoodhaven said...

That's quite a history! Glad to learn it.

Mike said...

The definition of persistence.

Leroy said...

That's a remarkable record!

Cloudia said...

That IS a remarkable story that I am glad to know, Angel

Bilbo said...

Great story - thanks for sharing it!